By some accounts Liverpool have pulled off what could be the signing of the summer in landing two-time Premier League title-winner James Milner on a free transfer.
The opportunity to play in his favoured central-midfield berth is thought to be behind the England ace’s decision to choose Anfield over hosts of other suitors.
Providing they choose to comply with his wishes, the Reds may have acquired their most tactically sensitive all-round operator in the position since Xabi Alonso.
Mention of the Spaniard instantly calls to mind the role he played in Liverpool’s last great midfield, the 2008/09 trio that also featured Steven Gerrard and Javier Mascherano.
The combination of classy playmaker/water-carrier, box-to-box dynamo and ultra-savvy spoiler carried Liverpool to within four points of the Premier League crown, up until two seasons ago the closest they had come to the title since 1989/90.
Milner has proven more than capable on the rare occasions he has been tasked with performing an Alonso-like role for the Citizens.
However, setting up a modern version of the 2008/09 engine room including the Englishman in the role of the now-Bayern Munchen man brings with it a fiendish decision for Brendan Rodgers.
Forming such a trio necessitates the employment of diligent defensive midfielder, with Lucas the only man in the current squad naturally inclined to such a brief.
Keeping faith with the Brazilian, as it seems the manager has often been loathe to do, or buying a similar player in is one poser the Rodgers must answer.
The chief conundrum, however, is which of the two box-to-box midfielders within the ranks the Northern Irishman installs as his go to man in the Gerrard role.
Does he choose Jordan Henderson, the boy he intended to sell to Fulham-turned man of the 2013/14 push to the precipice of glory, the aforementioned legend’s anointed armband heir?
Or Emre Can, the recent signing who has hinted at Yaya Toure or Gerrard-like bull-by-the horns, battering-ram qualities on the rare occasions he has been pushed into midfield in his nascent Liverpool career?
Only one can play if the ideal balance of the 2008/09 trio is to be recreated.